4 Ways of Using Wood Cutting Boards in Decor

Meeghan Aimone
by Meeghan Aimone

Decor, DIY, How-Tos, Interior Design

Cutting boards come in many shapes and sizes. They are made of different types of wood and are not only functional pieces at home, but they are also beautiful pieces to display. Today I am excited to share 4 ways of using wood cutting boards in decor. I hope the ideas inspire you.

One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is a wood cutting board. Not only does it protect your countertop when you’re prepping and cooking in the kitchen, but it also looks beautiful propped up as it awaits its next use. Wood cutting boards add a warm and rustic feel to any kitchen.

The Many Ways to use Wood Cutting Boards in Decor

Sure cutting boards are useful and functional, but have you ever considered using a wood cutting board as decor in your home? Honestly, I never considered it until I found myself with quite a collection of boards and not enough space to store them.

You see, there are a few items that I see at shops or vintage markets that I have a very hard time NOT bringing back home to the farmhouse. These items include (but are not limited to): wood cutting boards, crocks, wood stools, and baskets. Some would say I have a problem, I say “One man’s trash is this woman’s treasure.”

I love all my cutting boards so much. Not to the point that I’ve named them or anything crazy like that. But I do love them enough that it felt like a shame to have them hidden away in a cabinet. Full disclosure, my cabinet space is pretty much at capacity so that’s not really an option anyway.

I found myself faced with a dilemma. How do I store my wood cutting board collection (we’ll call it) when it’s not in use? I came up with a few ideas, four to be exact, which I plan to share with you today. Suddenly, my useful and functional cutting boards became beautiful additions to my decor throughout the farmhouse and now I can appreciate them all every day.

4 Ways of Using Wood Cutting Boards in Decor at Home:

Hang on the wall

When it comes to hanging wood cutting boards on the wall, different shapes and sizes make for a more interesting display. I found this affordable rod and hook system that’s perfect for hanging wood cutting boards on the wall in our breakfast nook.

Not only does it make a beautiful display, but these are some of my favorite boards to use because of their size and shape. They are displayed right off the kitchen, so they are easily accessible when I want to use them. Hanging these cutting boards on the wall is by far and away one of the most popular ways I have shared on Instagram and it’s one of my favorites in the farmhouse too, that’s why it’s number one.

Display on the Counter or a Shelf

Another great way to display (store) your wood cutting boards is on the kitchen counter or a shelf. You can use one or a few cutting boards clustered together against the wall. They make a great backdrop for displaying other pieces such as bowls of fruit, books, candles, and small plants.

Use as Riser or Tray

I love to use my biggest cutting board as a riser or a tray in the middle of my kitchen island. The wood is the perfect contrast against the granite and adds warmth to the space. I usually put a vase with flowers, a candle, and a bowl of fruit on it.

After falling in love with the warmth a wood cutting board added to the kitchen when I used it as a riser or tray, I tried my hand at making a wood riser and wood farmhouse tray of my own. They were surprisingly easy to make and they turned out beautifully!

Make a Hanging Wall Sconce

That’s right, I said it, “Make.” I have an incredibly inexpensive and easy wood cutting board DIY for you. With a thrifted, wood cutting board, a knob I had leftover from a previous project, and a hanging jar I had laying around the farmhouse, I made an easy wood cutting board sconce. You can make your own hanging jar with an inexpensive piece that I’ve linked here. Fill the jar with flowers for the season or put a candle in it. It makes a beautiful wall decor piece for a kitchen or breakfast nook.

I hope that these ideas inspired you to use some of your wood cutting boards at home in your decor. For more home decor inspiration, styling tips, and easy and beautiful DIYs I invite you to join me on Pinterest and Instagram. I look forward to seeing you there!

Meeghan Aimone
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  • Sue Sue on Aug 09, 2023

    I'm looking for a way to display my hand made cutting board, made from a black walnut tree that stood in my deceased parent's front yard. I like the ideas, but prefer just to stand it on a windowsill. Don't want to use it and mess up walnut oil finish.

    • Jaswan Jaswan on Sep 23, 2023

      Be careful if displaying it in the window- the sun will dry it out and can fade your wood- it's easy to re- oil and numerous products available- I like butcher block oil with orange....maybe you could buy an easel and display on counter or buffet- and perhaps add a picture... (black and white?) of mom and dad- and/or home arranged on the front(or additional thin frame)

  • Caryn hill Caryn hill on Jan 09, 2024

    Very nice ideas